cloth diapering (some of the time)

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first things first! i know that cloth diapering isn’t for everyone. having had two babies, i’m well aware of the multitude of barriers that keep people from doing it. before having kids, i really thought i’d be one of those crunchy mamas with babies in cloth diapers. my mom cloth diapered me and my siblings, so i kinda just assumed i would do it, too. but as adam’s birth drew closer, i just didn’t take the plunge. i was worried that just taking care of him would be enough work. i was already overwhelmed and i didn’t want to add to the stress i was experiencing. i lived in an apartment without a washing machine. then, after he was born, i gave it half-hearted try, and of course, it didn’t work out. i thought maybe i’d eventually try again, but before i knew it, he was out of diapers.

then edie was born. i stocked up on our “eco-friendly” disposable diapers and water wipes, and didn’t even consider cloth. i did all of the other eco-conscious things with her like i did with adam. exclusive breastfeeding, babywearing, avoiding plastic, using organic textiles and products, wood toys, all that crunchy stuff. but i didn’t try cloth diapers. until i started chatting with a local friend who recently launched squeaky cheeky, a new cloth diapering service here in town. i had never heard of such a thing before, and it sparked a little glimmer of hope for us. i was especially intrigued because it was the perfect way for me to give it honest-to-goodness try without sinking-in all of the up-front costs of buying a ton of inserts, covers, supplies, etc. that’s a huge barrier because the up-front cost is kind of high when you don’t even know if it will work out for you!

the way the service works, you pay a monthly fee (similar to that of an eco-friendly monthly disposable subscription) and all of the supplies are dropped off at your doorstep. in our case, we got prefolds, covers, snappis, and cloth wipes. then each week, you leave the bag of dirty laundry out on your doorstep and they swap them out for clean supplies. we tried it for a month to see how it would go, and the verdict is in: we’re now officially cloth diapering part-time.

what we learned right off the bat, is that we couldn’t go full-time because we have too many caregivers helping with edie. that’s great for me, but not so great for cloth diapering. not everyone is comfortable learning how to use them, and you certainly can’t send a baby to most daycares in cloth diapers. so we’re using cloth diapers during the hours when i’m watching her, but we use disposables when she’s being watched by someone else. edie also sleeps through the night, and i can’t stand the idea of waking her just to clean-up a diaper, so we’re using overnight disposables so she can stay comfortable and dry without being disturbed.

another thing i learned is that i’m terrible at using pre-folds. i know with time, you get better. but there are also other options. we got to try out an all-in-one diaper, and i really like that you can pretty much change them just like you would a disposable diaper. they’re a little bit more expensive than pre-folds, but they work for us. on the flip side, i’ve now switched over to cloth wipes! i didn’t even know that they existed before, but i like them so much better. for those who aren’t familiar with how they work, you use water or bum spray first, then wipe things up with the dry cloth. wet wipes are awesome for cleaning up dirty hands and faces, or picking up small messes around the house, but i know adam hates them because they’re cold. and those wipe warmers are notorious for getting moldy and gross. so this is the perfect option if you’re ok with a bit of (admittedly gross) extra laundry.

as far as the service, i’m no longer using it because i’m able to handle the extra laundry, but i think it’s a really great option for households who want to go green, but don’t have a washing machine. and it’s an especially great gift for a new family who is on the fence about cloth diapering because it gives them a chance to try it out without making any up-front investment. i know it was a great learning experience for me.

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our top drawer set-up. prefolds with bum spray and clippis, covers, cloth wipes.

calivintage - cloth diapering
don’t worry, we lowered her crib right after taking these photos! she was 6 months in this photos, so she had literally just started standing on her own.

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calivintage - cloth diapering
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the supplies arrive in this laundry bag, and the service provides a laundry bin for the nursery.

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baby backpack

calivintage + leader bag co.

remember in the ’90s when baby backpacks were all the rage? well, today i’m talking about a different kind of baby backpack. because i’ve got two babies now, and a teensy tiny backpack will no longer cut it. now i carry a backpack full of diapers, and it’s huge and fully loaded (the backpack, not the diapers– hopefully). since becoming a mother and accepting that i will indeed need to carry a diaper bag, it’s been really hard for me to find something that is both fashionable and functional. thankfully, there are a lot more brands understanding that not all parents want to carry around a puffy bag covered in cartoon characters. i mean, it’s cool if you want to, but i prefer something a bit less conspicuous.

so when i came across leader bag co., it was love at first sight. it’s my holy grail of diaper bags. and not just because it’s good looking, although that certainly helps. it was also designed by two mothers who are well aware of the organizational needs that one might have when lugging around a bag filled with baby stuff. before i got this handsome backpack, i carried around a fjallraven, which was awesome, but sorely lacking in all of the little compartments i needed to contain various diapers, wipes, toys, pacifiers, coloring books, snacks, bottles, etc. this one has tons of useful compartments, plus it’s handmade in new york city with soft leather accents and a durable cotton canvas body with a wipeable nylon interior and brass hardware. swoon. it also has padded shoulder straps and comes with two leather stroller straps. inside, there is a separate pouch that doubles as a cross-body handbag, and contains a nylon changing mat.

it’s so good looking, in fact, that even brendan is willing to carry it around. and i know some people may balk at the price tag, and i totally get that not everyone is willing or able to spend that much on a diaper bag. luckily, i also wrote this quick guide to finding a cute diaper bag, which has several more options that might suit your needs! and a little birdy told me that they will also be coming out with an all canvas style in tons of fun colors (think mustard, blues, purple) in mid to late february! so keep an eye out for those, too!

wearing:
colorant cashmere sweater
rachel comey slim legion pants
maryam nassir zadeh roberta heels
steven alan bryce sunglasses (in peach crystal, coming soon!)
young frankk orb cuff
leader bag julian julien set in natural

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calivintage + leader bag co.
calivintage + leader bag co.
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gift guide: adam’s 3rd birthday

calivintage toddler gift guide

it’s party month over here at calivintage! adam’s birthday was on the 10th and mine is on the 20th, so it kinda feels like we’re those last people at the holiday party lingering just a little too long haha. most people have moved on to their new workout routines and green smoothies or whatever, but we’re still eating cake and popping bottles of champagne sparkling cider. but hey, people celebrate birthdays every day of the year, so there’s really no better time than now to share some of the gifts that i’ve been eying for a just-about-to-be-three-year-old boy. in particular, adam’s interests include trucks, monster trucks, cars, and trains. notice the theme? but he’s also got an artsy side and spends a lot of time drawing, painting, coloring, and reading books. most of his drawings are of monster trucks. and his favorite book is about the history of monster trucks…

so yeah, he likes trucks. but i also try to keep things balanced so that he’s still exploring other things and learning new skills. he has a ukelele on a stand that he is welcome to experiment with, and there’s a little baby doll in a toy pram that he mostly ignores these days, but it’s all there for him when the mood strikes him! sometimes he decides to cook us lunch on his toy kitchen, and he does spend a good amount of time playing with blocks and legos and lincoln logs in order to build tunnels and garages for his trucks, haha.

all of this is to say that i try to be observant of his interests, but i also don’t necessarily zone in on only one thing. he might only want trucks for his birthday, but i also sneak in some other stuff that i know he might like. so with that in mind, i decided to pull together a quick gift guide with items from my favorites kids shop, bitte. or if you don’t happen to be looking for gifts for three-year-old boys, i also pulled together a gift guide with my eight-month-old edith in mind, which you can see here.

sarah’s silks play silks

charley harper wildlife wonders floor puzzle

tiny cottons faces fleece sweatshirt

traffic jam puzzle book

areaware cubebot micro

fishing at balaton game

areaware blockitecture garden city blocks

tegu magnetic building blocks

petit collage ocean abc nesting blocks

tiny cottons faces leggings

ella lou wanderlust organic play mat

maileg wooden bus

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hazel village kidswear

calivintage - hazel village kidswear

it’s a fresh start to a new year and i’m hitting the ground running because adam’s birthday is just a week away! it’s a tough time for a birthday because we’re just winding down after the holiday season and i’m all out of gift ideas! i keep reminding myself that i need to be better about planning his birthday well before the end of the year or else i’ll keep having this problem haha. fortunately for me, there are still plenty of awesome things out there for the little ones, like the launch of the new hazel village kidswear collection!

whether you have a birthday coming up, you’re planning a cute photo session, or you just want to have some dress up fun, this collection is the perfect solution. we have long been fans of hazel village stuffed animals, and i will admit that the first thing i did when we got lucy owl, was attempt to dress adam in a matching outfit. which has now been made infinitely easier with their new collection of organic kidswear to match their favorite woodland creatures.

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calivintage - hazel village kidswear
calivintage - hazel village kidswear
calivintage - hazel village kidswear
calivintage - hazel village kidswear
calivintage - hazel village kidswear
calivintage - hazel village kidswear
calivintage - hazel village kidswear
calivintage - hazel village kidswear
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gift guide for baby

edie-gift-guide

now that i’ve got little ones, the holiday season has gotten so much more exciting! buying gifts and surprises for adam and edie is such a delight compared to so many of the other stresses around this time of year. so i thought i would share some of my favorite picks from my favorite independent children’s boutique, bitte. as i’ve said before, i’m really focusing on shopping small these days and bitte has all of the bases covered with eco-friendly, ethically made toys, clothes, and housewares. of course, i’ve got a 7-month old girl, so these are really just my picks for edie. we’ve been doing a lot of the montessori and waldorf-inspired stuff with her, so we’ve got a lot of toys that are meant to be educational but not over-stimulating. i focus on trying to give her a variety of different textures and sounds with plush and wooden toys, rattles and bells. and we have fun plush books and black and white art to get her eyes and brain going.

1. bitte lovie bunny, 2. wee gallery art cards for baby, 3. heimess four ring rattle
4. bitte organic topknot beanie, 5. bitte baby’s first stocking, 6. quarto baby’s first soft book
7. winter water factory french terry organic baby blanket, 8. michaela greg jigsaw dress, 9. bajo birdie rattle
10. maileg truffle piglet, 11. ollie ella natural belly basket, 12. hansel from basel kneepad tights

and most importantly, it’s black friday/small business saturday/cyber monday! use code “blackfriday2016” for 20% off at bitte!

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family style with the new zappos loyalty program!

calivintage + zappos

this post is sponsored by zappos.

if you’ve been following my blog for a while, then you probably know that i’ve been a zappos customer for years. i think i made my first purchase on the site before i was even a blogger, and i’ve been doing this for over 8 years now! so you know i was excited when they let me know about their brand new zappos loyalty program! whether you’re brand new to zappos or have been shopping there for years, it’s free to join and you can instantly start earning points towards perks and benefits like free expedited shipping and early access to sales. earn 10 points for every $1 spent, earn 50 points just for logging in, and earn 100 points each time you leave a product review. the more points you earn, the more rewards you get! and for a limited time, existing zappos customers will get a $15 zappos reward code when they join the zappos loyalty program.

so here we are outfitted in some of our zappos favorites for some fun family photos. i’ve been trying to make a better effort to get photos of us all together, which i have to tell you, is no easy feat! but getting some new early fall clothes in the mail was certainly a good excuse to do it! i’m having a lot of fun putting edie in little vintage dresses with tiny cardigans, while adam is going a bit more practical with sturdy pants and comfy sweaters. but this is california, so you know we all love our sandals, haha! these are some of my favorite classics from saltwaters sandals, swedish hasbeens, and birkenstocks. they all stand up to constant wear and go with pretty much everything. and i love the convenience of being able to buy all of these brands in one place with free shipping, free returns, and excellent customer service.

i’m wearing: colorant cashmere sweater, samantha pleet plank jeans, swedish hasbeens braided high clog sandals

edie is wearing: vintage dress, petite soul bonnet, pumpkin patch kids chunky cardigan, saltwater sandals sea wees

adam is wearing: fairends camp hat, polo ralph lauren kids hooded pullover, volcom kids frickin slim chino pants, birkenstock kids roma sandals

all linked items courtesy of zappos

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calivintage + zappos

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misha and puff fall 2016

calivintage - misha and puff fall 2016

true story: i’ve been a fan of children’s knitwear designer misha and puff since before i even knew if i wanted kids! and now that i have two of my own, my love for them has grown even more. knitwear is so perfect for little ones because it’s so soft and stretchy, while still being a tad more interesting than your standard issue onesie. don’t get me wrong, i still love a good onesie, but i am absolutely nuts over all of misha and puff’s adorable designs. this season is decidedly playful with stripes and geometric patterns, rich colors, and a perfect confetti yarn that looks like birthday cake. i also love that each season mixes and matches perfectly with the last so that you get plenty of wear out of whatever your choose, just as long as your baby fits in it!

personally, i’m starting to come to terms with the fact that edie will be my last baby, so i’m even more tempted to splurge on all of the cute clothes for her. in a few months time, i won’t even be able to call her a baby anymore. so yeah, i don’t think i’ll be able to resist a few of these pieces. especially with a family portrait coming up for the holidays!

shop misha and puff.

calivintage - misha and puff fall 2016
calivintage - misha and puff fall 2016
calivintage - misha and puff fall 2016
calivintage - misha and puff fall 2016
calivintage - misha and puff fall 2016
calivintage - misha and puff fall 2016
calivintage - misha and puff fall 2016
calivintage - misha and puff fall 2016
calivintage - misha and puff fall 2016
calivintage - misha and puff fall 2016
calivintage - misha and puff fall 2016
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along for the journey with backpacks.com

calivintage - backpacks.com

summer is officially over at our house. the fall semester at adam’s school started on monday, so he’s off to his toddler program once again. and while a backpack isn’t yet a requirement at his age, and my own school days are well behind me, i still couldn’t resist getting matching backpacks to welcome the fall season. because really, whether you’re 2 or 32 (cough), headed to play school or high school, a backpack will always come in handy. so of course, i was very excited to partner with my friends at backpacks.com to share my personal experience. with a new baby to look after, i’ve got tons more stuff i need to bring with me for pretty much any excursion out of the house, so my new strategy involves two backpacks: one for myself filled with diapers and baby things, and one for adam so he can bring along anything he might want or need. he loves packing his bag before we head out, and toting it around with him wherever he goes. and it helps to lighten my own load just a little bit.

since i was feeling a bit nostalgic thinking about back-to-school times, i took a browse through the student collection. and while i was tempted to pick up a jansport like the one i carried as a kid, i got way too excited when i spotted the fjallraven kanken mini backpack in just the right size for adam. and of course, i got a fjallraven kanken laptop backpack for myself. i love the style of them for their simple design and cute little fox logo, but i also appreciate that they’re made of a sturdy, water-repellant fabric that is nearly indestructible. of course, if you’re looking for something different, backpacks.com has you covered. whether you’re headed back-to-school, back to the office, or on a hiking adventure, they’ve got backpacks that will suit your needs. us? our journey has us headed to nursery school, play dates at the park, and grandma’s house.

 

i’m wearing: zady japanese gathered blouse, vintage linen pants, greek sandals from avenue boutique, sunglasses from eyeconic
adam is wearing: black crane kids linen square top in fat stripe, tiny cottons trousers, saltwater sandals, linen cycling cap from niko’s naptime on etsy

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calivintage - backpacks.com
calivintage - backpacks.com
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summer picnic vibes

calivintage - janie and jack

stopping in on a hot summer day to share a few photos of my littles. edie is already three months old, and adam turned two and a half earlier this month! seeing them together like this, i can’t believe what a big boy adam has become! it’s almost more than my heart can bear. they’re both dressed up for summer in head-to-toe janie and jack, but adam is kinda stealing the show with his too-cool-for-school attitude. if i had to choose one photo to commemorate summer, this would definitely be it. these two kids are my whole entire world.

if you’re looking for some cool summer clothes, janie and jack has tons of timeless classic styles to choose from. adam has a slightly nautical vibe with his chambray, linen, and boat shoes while edith is working on her tomboy vibes in a classic baby boy outfit that works just as well on little girls. shop their looks below:

edie’s look:
gingham one piece | saddle crib shoe | bucket hat | plush giraffe rattle

adam’s look:
chambray shirt | linen blend pant | classic boat shoe | tortoise sunglasses

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calivintage - janie and jack

this post was created in partnership with janie and jack.

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